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Tourism company donates to Hurricane Irma relief

Historic Tours of America said it made a $700 donation to the Sister Season Fund to help with Hurricane Irma recovery.

Established in 2005, the Sister Season Fund raises money to temporary financial relief for Key West locals employed by the tourism and hospitality industries in the event of a natural disaster.

Historic Tours of America is an entertainment company that provides history-oriented vacation experiences in Key West; Boston; San Diego; Savannah, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; and St. Augustine, Fla.

“We hope that our contribution, along with all the others, can put this storm behind us and get all of us in our industry back on track toward a brighter future,” HTA CEO Christopher Belland said in a statement.

Added HTA president Ed Swift: “We are happy to donate to all the resilient people of Key West that work so hard to proudly represent our little corner of paradise to all our visitors from around the world.”

In the 13 years since it began, the Sister Season Fund has raised more than $400,000 to assist Key West residents.

“Since the disaster of Hurricane Irma, our case load has been enormous,” the Sister Season Fund says on its website. “We have tried to help every qualified worker that has applied for assistance as best we can.”

Members of the fund’s board of directors draw no paychecks and provide their services voluntarily, organizing more than 10 fundraising events a year.

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